Nov. 19, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) earned his fourth Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week honor following NIU's 31-24 victory over Toledo, the league office announced Monday.
Lynch became the first quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 yards in the same game while leading NIU to its third-straight MAC West Division title. He completed 25-of-36 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 162 yards on 30 carries to tally a school record 569 yards of total offense. Lynch established career highs for completions, attempts, passing yards, carries and total offense yards, while his 73-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore in the third quarter was the longest of his Huskie career.
In the third quarter alone, Lynch completed 13-of-15 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Illinois outscored the Rockets 21-0 in the period. Lynch extended his NCAA record for consecutive rushing games by a quarterback to nine, broke the MAC record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and broke the NIU record for 100-yard rushing games in a season.
Lynch is also one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week. It is the third time this season he's earned that honor. Fans can log on to the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook page, click on Lynch's photo and "like" it to vote.
The Huskies have had six players win one of the MAC West Player of the Week honors in 10 of 11 weeks this year. In addition to Lynch, kicker Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal) has been honored twice as the MAC West Specialist of the Week and defensive end Sean Progar (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) is also a two-time defensive honoree. Defensive tackle Ken Bishop (Lauderhill, Fla./Piper/Ellsworth CC) picked up MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Huskies' shutout of UMass. NIU defensive backs and Mobile, Ala. natives Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) and Marlon Moore (Mobile, Ala./C.F. Vigor) have also been honored by the MAC this season.
Northern Illinois (10-1, 7-0) travels to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take on Eastern Michigan Friday, Nov. 23. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on WSCR 670 AM The Score, WLBK AM 1360 in DeKalb and WTJK 1380 AM in Janesville, Wis. and will be shown live on ESPN3.
The Huskies will face MAC East Champion Kent State in the 2012 Marathon MAC Championship in Detroit, Mich. Friday, Nov. 30. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on ESPN2. Tickets for the MAC Championship game are $20 and can be ordered online on NIUHuskies.com.